Flu Season: Time to Get Your Kids Vaccinated

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: The AAP recommends seasonal influenza vaccine for all children six months and older.
Air Date: 10/1/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Hank Bernstein, MD
Bernstein Hank Photo 2012Dr. Bernstein is Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He taps into his extensive 29-year experience as a general pediatrician in private practice and in academia at urban, suburban, and rural Children’s Hospitals to promote the health and well being of children, their families, and the communities where they live. Besides various administrative, teaching, and care responsibilities, he leads several national initiatives in medical education and clinical primary care research.

As its Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Bernstein spearheads PediaLink, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ online home for lifelong learning of its 62,000 members. Hank also is the Associate Editor of Red Book Online and an Ex-Officio member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee), whose responsibility it is to develop and revise AAP guidelines for the control of infectious diseases in children.

He also is responsible for the Internet publishing of Pediatric content for award-winning InteliHealth, a consumer health information guide from Harvard Medical School. In addition, as Chair of the Bright Futures Health Promotion Workgroup, Hank has led the creation of a unique health promotion curriculum, video, and companion educational website, which provide important pediatric competency skills for child health professionals.

Dr. Bernstein earned a Masters in Healthcare Management at Harvard School of Public Health in 2013. This graduate program provided a formal, comprehensive, intensive and systematic study of the critical leadership, strategic, educational, financial, and administrative elements which physicians and organizations face in the continuously evolving world of medicine.

Dr. Bernstein is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He completed his residency training in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, after earning his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Flu Season: Time to Get Your Kids Vaccinated
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends seasonal influenza vaccine for all children six months and older.

In the 2012-2013 flu season, vaccinations prevented at least 6.6 million cases of flu-associated illness.

Last year, flu hit early and it hit hard. This year, we are lucky because the flu season hasn't yet taken off wildly; so it's not too late for you to get vaccinated and to make sure you protect yourself and your family.

The best way to be protected from the flu is to be vaccinated.

Listen in as Dr. Hank Bernstein discusses the importance of getting your child vaccinated, especially given information coming out of new studies by the AAP.

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